Thursday, February 10, 2011
Roseate Spoonbills On the Easel, A Work In Progress in Oils on 18x14
We have had 7 seven roseate spoonbills staying in the LeTulle Park pond this winter and what a treate they have been for the public. They even got their picture in the Bay City Tribune. These beautiful and very interesting birds have become somewhat tame in the park. I think being around the ducks and geese and getting use to seeing people in the park is the reason. Anyway, back to the painting: In the first setting I got the scene blocked in with basic color, highlights and shadow. I didn't try to get the reflections perfect on first try. I prefer to cover my canvas completely and then start refining the painting. I think it is much easier for me to see what I want to do once the canvas is filled. I was lucky with this one as the 'block in' is close to where I am going with the painting. In this painting, the water and reflections will be moe challenging than the birds. The water and reflections do not have to be painted exactly, but need to be believable for the viewer. No need to paint every ripple. I tried that once and it gave me a headache. LOL
If you live in the area or visiting, visit LeTulle Park and the Birding Center next to the park. You may be able to see the spoonbills or other unique wildlife. Comments are welcome. Hope you like the story.
Let us pray before we paint,